Mission Statement

Wordfest connects Calgarians to life-changing ideas. Events include poetry and spoken word performances, current event panels, publishing industry workshops, art installations, youth and multilingual programming, in-school performances and featured events with the biggest and brightest stars of the book scene.  

Wordfest undertook a significant shift in Strategy and Mission in 2016, moving from a literary company that produces a festival every fall, to an organization that connects Calgarians to life-changing ideas year-round. Wordfest presents a 10-day International Literary festival with 65 public and 80 in-school events, as well as 25+ high-profile author events year-round and grown its audience base (for adult and youth programming) from 12,000 to 17,000 over the past 3 years.


Brian ONeil


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